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Bojack Horseman first emerged on Netflix in 2014 and, five seasons later, it has built up an incredible cult following. Essentially a tale about an alcoholic horse, who is a former 90’s TV star, the show is surprisingly touching, full of depth and insight, and, often times entirely heart wrenching in its existential realness. Seriously, a show about an alcoholic horse is the realest thing out there at the moment. Its no holes barred style, and unapologetic rawness, is something that has seriously touched a nerve in today’s overly saccharine society. Here we present you with some examples of that rawness, and if you aren’t already a fan of the show, these might give you a taste of exactly what you’re missing.   The Realness Of The Opening Credits   When Cuddly Whiskers Explained What It Meant To Be Responsible For Your Own Happiness   When Princess Carolyn Gave Herself A Motivational Speech   When Bojack Reflected On Being An Only Child   When All Bojack Wanted To Know Was That He Was Still A Good Person   When Bojack Remembered The Traumatising Reason His Mother Was Often So Cruel To Him   When Holly Hock Needs To Know If Her Feelings Of Not Being Good Enough Would Ever Go Away   This Crippling Break Up   When Bojack Took Sarah Lynn To The Planetarium   When Todd Comes Out As Asexual   When Todd Lays Down The Truth For Bojack, That He Just Needs To Be A Better Person   Every Single Moment Of Bojack’s Mom’s Funeral Episode   When Bojack’s Mom Levels Him With This Devastating Blow   When Bojack Indulged In Some Serious Self Deprication   When Mr. Peanutbutter And Diane Began Realising Their Relationship Issues   When Bojack Made This Stark Realisation About Himself   The Time When Bojack Helped Diane Get Through A Depressive Episode   When Diane Had To Be At A Party With Mr. Peanutbutter And His New Girlfriend   The Realisation That It Will Get Easier The Poignant Lyrics Of The End Theme Song   So, if you want to watch a subversive and emotionally intelligent cartoon show, Bojack Horseman is the one for you. It is one of the most intelligent shows out there at the moment, and will really punch you right in the feels more times than once each episode. You will also find yourself entirely relating to at least one, maybe more of the characters in a really big way. We personally can entirely get on board with Diane and everything and how she moves through the world.
There were lots of times that we went into our local video store, as kids, and marvelled at the impressive array of cover art on display. From the sublime to the ridiculous,  some were incredible works of art, some insane, some perfectly encapsulated the tone of the films, some captured that tone even better than the films themselves, and some had the most tenuous link imaginable! Here, we take a look at some of the coolest, grossest, cutest examples of VHS cover art from the 80’s and 90’s. The Mutant Kid A Nightmare On Elm Street Conan The Barbarian Neon Maniacs Silk The Wraith Star Wars The Toxic Avenger Monster Squad Tron Over The Top Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Jumanji Muppets Treasure Island The Pagemaster The Dark Crystal The Goonies The Never Ending Story An American Tail The Land Before Time Innerspace E.T Flight Of The Navigator Big Trouble In Little China   Most of these were amazing and inspiring works of art, which even today, will captivate the imagination, along with the feelings of excitement and wonder of stepping back into your local video store once again.
Hammer Films is a British film production company founded in 1934 by William Hinds and James Carreras. It was made famous in the 1950’s for reimagining the gothic horror for a modern audience. It was one of the most prolific movie production companies right up until the 1970’s, and produced some of the most famous, classic horror movies of all time. It also dabbled in psychological horror and thrillers, and to this day, many of its movies are considered to be some of the best examples of classic cinema out there. They utilised big names, plenty of gore and and top directors, to bring tired old horror tropes, such as the mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein, into the brave new world of cinema. In this article, we will take a look at just some of the greatest Hammer Horror movies ever made. The Horror Of Dracula This was the first in a series of movies produced by Hammer and focusing on the the story of Dracula. It was released in 1958 and was originally just titled ‘Dracula’, but was later changed to ‘The Horror Of Dracula’ so as not to be confused with the 1931 Universal Studios movie starring Bela Lugosi. The film stars Christopher Lee as Dracula and Peter Chusing as Van Helsing. Both Cushing and Lee were two of Hammer Horror’s major stars and would both go on to star in a huge number of their movies throughout the next few decades. The Hammer Studios version of the story is far closer to the original source material, the novel, Dracula, by Bram Stoker. The story follows the infamous count as he journeys from Transylvania to England. There, he ensconces himself entirely into the London night scene, and he begins to rack up victim after victim. During this time, Dracula runs afoul of his arch-nemesis, Van Helsing. This signals the beginning of a battle of wills between the two. The movie was heavily censored in Britain when it was first released, with all of the goriest moments cut out. However, in 2012, there was a definitive version of the movie released, which had all of the chopped scenes reestablished and remastered. The movie really put Lee and Cushing on the map, and paved the way for many sequels starring the two, and for many non-Dracula follow-ups with these actors as well. The Plague Of Zombies Released two years before Night Of The Living Dead, would revolutionise the Zombie genre, this 1966 offering is widely accepted as being the precursor to the the George A. Romero classic. The movie is chillingly atmospheric, and shies away from the camper element, that became the archetypal fare of the Hammer movie, in later  years. This was also the studio’s only foray into the world of zombies. The plot follows the tale of an eccentric Cornish squire, who enslaves local villagers, using voodoo curses, and using them to work in his tin mines. A doctor and his daughter soon discover the unpleasant nocturnal habits of the shambling undead slaves, and they call upon a detective to investigate. The script is a subversive commentary on the rift between the British aristocracy and the exploited working class, but despite this, the film is less a political allegory than a spooky chiller. It surmounts to a well crafted, atmospheric horror opus, that ranks among Hammer Films’ finest. One Million Years B.C One Million Years B.C was Hammer’s biggest box office hit. Released in 1967, it starred the hugely famous Raquel Welch as the main female character with special effects by Ray Harryhausen, (of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon fame). The movie is essentially a tale of a prehistoric man, banished from his home, only to find love and comfort in the arms of a different, much gentler tribe. Despite the many glaring historical inaccuracies, this movie is still one of Hammer’s greatest achievements. The movie depicts many battles between man and dinosaur, which, despite the fact that approximately 64 million years separated dinosaur kind and man, still make for thrilling action sequences. If we remove our logic hats, and watch this movie as a fantasy film, we are guaranteed to have a great time. Ray Harryhausen truly outdoes himself, with brilliant stop motion dinosaurs. With the scene depicting a battling Triceratops and Ceratosaur being a particular stand out moment. The movie also features the more standard film of a real live iguana, dressed up and made to look huge, however even this scene looks better than most of its ilk. While there is no broader social commentary in this one, it makes for a hugely entertaining fantasy epic, and the outstanding special effects cement its place as one of Hammer’s most impressive cinematic spectacles. The Devil Rides Out The Devil Rides Out was released in 1968 and stars Christopher Lee as the aristocrat Duc de Richlea. This was one of the few roles where we get to see Christoper Lee play the good guy for Hammer, and it really pays off.  We are treated to a masterful performance by Lee that could be argued as his best.  The movie was directed by one of Hammer’s greatest, Terence Fisher, and it is an adaptation of the popular 1934 eponymous novel by Dennis Wheatley.  The story is concerned with not just a brief encounter with evil, but a full-fledged campaign against it. The audience is treated to depictions of séances, satanic orgies, summonings, and even car chases. A twisting, high octane tale of high-society satanism, this movie has secured itself deep within the hearts of many horror movie fans, and has proven to be a hugely popular cult classic. To The Devil A Daughter To The Devil A Daughter is another adaptation of a Dennis Wheatley novel. This time set in modern times however, and released 8 years after The Devil Rides Out. Not as critically acclaimed as the aforementioned cult classic, To The Devil A Daughter is still one of Hammer’s great satanic tales. It is also notable for being the second last movie the studio would make for over 30 years, and was the third adaptation of a Dennis Wheatley novel. The film tells the story of American expatriate, occult writer, John Verney (Richard Widmark), who is approached by Henry Beddows (Denholm Elliott), to try and rescue his teenage daughter Catherine (Nastassja Kinski). Catherine is a practicing nun from a mysterious group called the Children Of The Lord, which is presided over by Father Michael Rayner (Christopher Lee), a priest who has fallen from the true faith. Verney succeeds in intercepting Catherine at the airport, and takes her to his flat near Tower Bridge. However, Rayner has the advantage of black magic, and the ability to use it from afar on Catherine, in an effort to regain her for his own dastardly ends. The movie was a fitting end to the impressive reign of the ‘Hammer Horror‘ behemoth, and certain scenes of the movie were so shocking that Dennis Wheatley refused to allow the production company to buy the rights to any more of his novels. Not that it mattered too much to the studio. One year after filming To The Devil A Daughter, they closed down until 2007 when they reignited their creative fires to bring us Beyond The Rave which was released in 2008. The Nanny This was one of Hammer’s rare attempts at Hitchcockian suspense, and it works surprisingly well. Mostly because of the stand out performance by Bette Davis as the titular ‘Nanny’. Wendy Craig also gives a stellar performance as the mother. It follows a London family as they collect their son from a psychiatric unit he has been staying at for the last two years. In the car, with the mother and father, is Bette Davis’ Nanny.  The young son, Joey, wants nothing to do with the Nanny, and when he arrives home, he wants to do everything for himself, and seems to have a deep hatred for the seemingly caring, sweet and quaint childhood Nanny. We soon learn that the family has a tragic past, namely, the death of their young daughter a couple of years previous, for which young Joey was blamed. We also learn that Bette Davis‘ character has been the family Nanny for two generations now, and is much beloved by everyone in the household. In a creeping tour de force of psychological terror, the movie draws slowly and menacingly to its horrifying climax. It is a lesson in fear of the ordinary. Helped along massively by one of Davis’ most nuanced performances, this movie really showed that Hammer was not just a playground for schlock horror and campy monster movies. It could also house some outstanding thrills and terrifying suspense movies. Straight On Till Morning This 1972 suspense thriller follows a young girl, Brenda, as she moves to London in search of a man to father a child for her. She immerses herself in London life, getting a job at a boutique and attending parties with her co-workers. Upon fleeing one of these parties, she encounters a dog off his leash. A man is shouting for the dog, however Brenda steals it in a clever ploy to meet the man. When she eventually returns the dog, Brenda is faced with a beautiful but troubled young man named Peter, who suggests she moves in with him. What Brenda doesn’t know, however, is that Peter is, in fact, a psychotic serial killer with a deep loathing for beauty and all of its trappings. He is completely controlling of her, and the movie closely follows her descent into a torrid and disturbing love affair, and Peter’s further decline into madness. Director Peter Collinson shows these characters’ fragmented grip on reality by having his editor, Alan Pattillo, slice up the film with syncopated shots, jump cuts and pronounced discontinuities of both space and time. The result is a heady incline towards Brenda and Peter’s individual and collective derangement. The film has less of a connection to Hammer’s characteristic ‘Castle Horror’ and more to the modern suspenseful, psychotic thrills, of a Dario Argento ‘Giallo movie’. Straight On Till Morning forgoes the usual Hammer gothic motifs, and sets itself up as a contemporary classic. Fear In The Night This 1972 offering from Hammer studios is one that leans quite heavily on ‘Gialloesque’ themes, and combines them with the drab insipidness of 70’s rural Britain, and the effect is really quite chilling. The story is that of Peggy, (Judy Geeson) a young woman who,  6 months earlier, suffered a breakdown and spent some time in hospital. Now that she is healthy and out of the hospital, she is set to move with her husband to the countryside, to the boarding school he works at. Before leaving, however, Peggy is attacked in her home by a black glove wearing assailant,  (queue Giallo influence). Despite her sincerity, the people around her are more inclined to believe she’s imagining things, based on her recent brush with mental instability.  They leave for the school however, and the young couple meet with the headmaster Michael (Peter Cushing),a cold and detached character. They also meet Michael’s wife, played by none other than Joan Collins.  Things continue to go wrong, more perceived attacks on Peggy’s life leave her husband believing that she is suffering from another breakdown.  Fear in the Night does not centre around the question of Peggy’s sanity, since we are led, from the offset, to believe her, and be resolutely on her side. What it does is paint a chilling tale of intrigue, begging the questions; who is attacking Peggy, why are they doing it, and what is up with the boarding school and its very creepy headmaster? It is a subtle and measured tale of deception, and the end still delivers, despite its predictability.   As previously stated, the company stopped producing movies in 1979, after a remake of Hitchcock’s 1938 thriller The Lady Vanishes, starring Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd. The company went into hibernation until 2007 when they made Beyond The Rave, a contemporary vampire story which premiered for free online via MySpace. Hammer would go on to begin shooting a new horror movie in Donegal in 2008, backed by the Irish Film Board. The film is titled Wake Wood  and stars Aiden Gillen and Eva Birthhistle, and was scheduled for release in the United Kingdom in the Autumn of 2009. However, the release date was delayed, and the movie wasn’t given a theatrical release in the UK until 2011. Despite the slightly rocky start of a long awaited revival, Hammer Horror movies are now back in production, with seven movies having been made in the last 10 years, and their latest offering, The Lodge, set to premier at the Sundance Film Festival, 2019.
 Rick and Morty is the animated, high concept, Sci-Fi rigmarole that we all love. But, far from the cartoonish nonsense that it appears to be at first glance, there are plenty of real science facts and theories behind what we see in the show. While most of the show is strictly in the realms of fiction, there are some concepts that the writers utilise regularly that have their basis in established science facts. Here, we take a look at some of the real science principles that form the basis of some of the concepts in Rick and Morty. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle In the  episode, A Rickle In Time, Rick, Morty and Summer manage to mess up the whole time frame of all universes, and split time up into many different pieces. They then have to try to find a way to solidify time into one unified piece. This actually employs the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. What Einstein’s E=mc2 is to relativity theory, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle is to quantum mechanics. It states that it is impossible to know, simultaneously, the exact position and momentum of a particle. That is, the more exactly the position is determined, the less known the momentum, and vice versa. Essentially by trying to measure their exact place and speed in space and time, Rick, Morty and Summer removed themselves from time all together. The Many World Theory A cornerstone of the Rick and Morty universe is that there are an infinite number of universes, with an infinite number of Ricks, and an infinite number of Mortys. Therefore, nothing anyone says or does actually matters.  It’s ultimately the source of Rick’s extreme existentialism. But this has a basis in fact. There exists an interpretation of quantum-mechanics, (the  fundamental theory in physics which describes nature at the smallest scales of energy levels of atoms and subatomic particles), known as the Many-Worlds Interpretation. This suggests that there are many worlds which exist, occupying the same space and time, yet parallel to our own. The existence of the other worlds makes it possible to remove randomness and action, at a distance, from quantum theory, and thus, from all physics. If this were true, it would suggest that nothing anyone did mattered, and that the laws of physics are constant, and unaffected by outside forces. The theory is also referred to as MWI, the Everett interpretation, the theory of the universal wave function, many-universes interpretation, multiverse theory or just many-worlds. The original relative state formulation is due to Hugh Everett in 1957. The Simulated Universe Theory In the episode: M. Night Shaym-Aliens, Rick and Morty try to get to the bottom of a mystery, only to find themselves trapped on an alien spaceship. These aliens are trying to find the formula for concentrated dark matter, and it turns out that Rick and a completely unaware Jerry have been trapped inside a simulation, inside another simulation. While this is not a direct interpretation of it, it does have a grounding in an existing scientific theory known as the Simulated Universe Theory. This theory suggests that the universe we all currently occupy is in fact a giant simulation, by a quantum computer. It would be indistinguishable from true reality, and potentially, could contain conscious minds, which may or may not be fully aware that they are living inside a simulation. It is a theory that dates all the way back to French philosopher and mathematician, René Descartes, in the 1600’s, when he famously philosophized that the people he saw out his bedroom window could in fact be metal machines disguised as humans. More recently, though, the theory has been given some level of credence by Elon Musk, who firmly believes that reality is a simulation created by a super intelligence. Hive Mind In the episode Auto-Erotic Assimilation, we get introduced to Unity. Unity is Rick’s ex-girlfriend, but also, she is an assimilating hive-mind, and has taken control of an entire planet. Every person on the planet thinks with one unified mind. This has its basis in science fact rather than science fiction as hive minds can be found readily in nature. For example, honeybees and ants operate in colonies that function as a hive mind. Singularly they don’t get a lot done, but as a collective colony, both of these creatures do remarkable things. Their communication is based on hormones and pheromones. It also exists to a degree in humans, where people will begin to think with what is referred to as a collective consciousness. This is how social constructs develop into societal norms, and how certain practices and behaviours are deemed as either acceptable or unacceptable. There are also more sinister implications to this: a certain level of brainwashing of the mass majorities, at the hands of our self appointed systems of hierarchy, becomes normalised. This can lead to governmental control becoming less democratic and more absolute. Schrödinger’s Cat Also taken from the episode A Rickle In Time is the reference to Schrödinger’s Cat. In this episode, as time begins to rip itself apart, we see lots of cats just floating around. This is a nod to a very famous physics theory, that forms the basis of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle previously mentioned. Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem with the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics when applied to everyday objects. In his theoretical experiment, a living cat is placed into a steel chamber along with a hammer, a vial of hydrocyanic acid, and a very small amount of radioactive substance. If even a single atom of the radioactive substance decays during the test period, a relay mechanism will trip the hammer, which will in turn, break the vial of poisonous gas and cause the cat to die. According to the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics, which stated that, essentially, nothing is real until it is observed, and all possible states and outcomes exists simultaneously until the point of observation,  the cat would be both alive and dead at the same time. It would remain this way until someone opened the box to find what state the cat was in.  Schrödinger’s experiment counteracts that, by demonstrating that the cat was either dead or alive regardless of whether or not it was being observed. The Mechanics Of Rabies In the episode Total Rickall, the Smith family household has been infested by parasites, that feed off brainwaves and alter perception. They masquerade as various characters, but they change everyone’s perceptions, and convince them that they have been a valued member of the family forever, implanting false memories and emotions. This is a trait that is found in the Rabies disease. Rabies affects the hippocampus, amygdala and hypothalamus. These brain structures control memory, fear, and emotion. Rabies can even alter the ways in which you release serotonin. The disease essentially hijacks the brains own neurons, and then attacks it. Basically, rabies turns your own brain against you. Much like the parasites did in this episode. Nazi Experimentation On Dogs In Lawnmower Dog, Rick gives the family dog a helmet that enables him to speak. He grows super intelligent, and eventually causes a canine uprising, where dogs take over the world. While none of that is based on any real science, it could have been inspired by Nazi experiments from the 1930’s. The Hundesprechschule Asra was an institution for performing dogs that existed in Leutenberg, Thuringia, Germany, from 1930 until near the end of World War II. It contained famous dogs that appeared to be able to speak certain words. The institute was the site of Nazi experimentation and animal research. The idea behind this was to create a battalion of talking dogs. The idea, despite being completely bonkers, was to glean greater control over the hounds, and to add extra force to their military units. These experiments were taking place at the same time as Nazi experimentation on humans, in an attempt to create a super army of immeasurable force. Pregnant Robots In Raising Gazorpazorp, Morty gets an alien sex robot, who he accidentally impregnates, and winds up being the father to an alien/human hybrid baby. Probably the most outlandish piece of science fact on this list is that a pregnant robot actually exists in the real world. It is a life sized blond haired android, that simulates the pertinent vital signs and exports of a pregnant woman, including blood and urine. It has been used as a teaching tool all around the world, and has even had an emergency cesarean section performed on it. It even gives birth to a tiny little robot baby. Seriously.  
Everyone is familiar with Drag Queens and what they do. Cultural phenomenons like RuPaul’s Drag Race have seen Drag Queens go from being the side show entertainment at the local, seedy, gay dive bar, to being super stars in their own right. But what about the Drag Kings? Those androgynous beauties that butch it up with exaggerated masculinity for pomp and spectacle? Drag as a performance art form dates back as far as the 1800’s, where women dressed as men, would swagger across the boards of the London halls, performing songs and comedy routines. But it was their Drag Queen counterparts that became the more culturally acceptable norm. Maybe it was because the imitation of maleness is just not considered as entertaining as affected femininity, or because masculinity is a currency that women are typically not welcome to trade in. Whatever the reason, despite some amazing talent existing out there on the fringes of the scene, Drag Kings are not as widely known, seen, or showcased as Drag Queens. So, with that in mind, we have compiled a list of some of the most talented and noteworthy Drag Kings in operation at the moment. Be they performance artists or social media stars, all have something unique to offer and all deserve their moment in the spotlight. Ivory Onyx Ivory Onyx is an American King who performs in bars and clubs around the world. He even won Mister USofA MI in 2013 and 2017. Murray Hill Murray Hill is a well-known New York City  drag king and entertainer. He is the entertainer persona of Busby Murray Gallagher, he maintains this persona even in his private life. Jean Genie Jean Genie is a Californian drag king who specialises in David Bowie impersonation. He even has the naturally different coloured eyes. Rain Dove Rain Dove Dubilewski  is an American model, actor, and activist. They prefer gender neutral pronouns and are best known for their subversive fashion work, by posing as both male and female models.They are also currently dating Rose McGowan. Landon Cider Landon Cider is the Drag King persona of LA based artist Kristine Carr. Landon also performs on stage worldwide. Miles Long Miles Long is an up and coming drag star from America. Currently working the scene in the Southern California area, he is really one to watch out for. Buck Wylde Buck Wylde is a performance Drag King who does the burlesque club circuit. Known for his rockabilly aesthetic and swingin’ 60’s performances. Gage Gatlyn Gage has been performing since 2003, so is quite the seasoned king. Gage came out publicly as a Transman in 2003 and is an Activist/Advocate in the Transgender Community. He has co-founded The Gatlyn Dame Group, Inc. Gunner Gatlyn Gunner Gatlyn is an entertainer from Phoenix, Arizona who has been performing since June of 2006. Former Drag King turned Male Illusionist, he is an FTM entertainer with an extreme passion for the art of drag. Spikey Van Dykey Spikey Van Dykey has been a leading Male Illusionist & Drag King entertainer for 10 years. He first hit the stage making his debut in Birmingham Alabama at The Quest Club in October of 2000.   So, if these gender bending male illusionists have whet your appetite for some gender-role defying entertainment, check your local gay bars, burlesque bars, and scene venues, Go and support your local drag kings!!  
Ah Christmas, the most wonderful time in the world. Sleigh bells, family, home cooked meals, presents, twinkling lights, warm fuzzy feelings and general good vibes. That is what most of us think about when we think about the holiday season, but, what if all the saccharine, holly jolly nonsense gets a little bit too much for you? Well, we have just the remedy: a Christmas horror movie marathon! That’s right, there are plenty of horror movies out there that are based around Christmas themes and traditions, and provide the perfect antidote to an overdose of holiday cheer. Read on to discover some examples of some great, cheesy, scary, Ho-Ho-Horror to really send a tingle up your jingle-bells. Black Christmas Black Christmas tells the story of a group of sorority sisters who are all about to go on winter break. Before they all leave for the Holidays, Jess (Olivia Hussey) and party girl Barb (Margot Kidder), begin to receive anonymous, lewd phone calls. One by one the girls begin to turn up missing, and they soon realise that there is a serial killer stalking them. Sint Sint depicts the legendary Saint Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children whenever there is a full moon on December 5th. It is a 2010 Dutch movie and was one of the most talked about films in Belgium the year of its release. Silent Night Deadly Night Silent Night Deadly Night was released in 1984 and follows the story of Billy, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder after witnessing his parents being brutally slain on Christmas Eve. Years later, after an abusive upbringing in a Catholic orphanage, Billy finds a job in a convenience store, but the impending Christmas holiday sends him on a murderous killing spree. Christmas Evil This is a super low budget 1980 slasher movie. A toy factory worker who revels in the Christmas spirit suffers a mental break when his work is met with cynicism. This leads him to go on a yuletide murderous rampage. A Christmas Horror Story A Christmas Story is a 2015 anthology horror movie comprising of 4 interconnected tales of yuletide terror that takes place on Christmas Eve. Each tale is told by a festive radio host, DJ Dan, (William Shattner): a family brings home more than just a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes a young couple lost in the woods and Santa slays in the ultimate good vs. evil battle. Krampus Krampus is another 2015 horror movie. It depicts Max, a young lad who is struggling with his belief in Santa Claus. When his rambunctious relatives come to visit, Max’s mean cousins find his letter to Santa and tease him at the dinner table. In a temper, Max rips up the letter and sends the pieces out into the night. This brings on the the dark shadow of St. Nicholas, known as Krampus. A strange blizzard descends over the street and the house, and Krampus begins to terrorise the neighbourhood. Silent Night A vicious killer hides in plain sight during a small town’s holiday festivities. Donning a Santa costume, a crazed lunatic murders local townsfolk on Christmas Eve in this loose remake of Silent Night Deadly Night. Jack Frost Not to be confused with the 1998 family movie of the same name starring Michael Keaton, this 1997 Jack Frost follows a serial killer on his way to his execution. After a car wreck and a bizarre dip in some sort of genetic material, Jack is mutated into a murdering snowman hell-bent on revenge for the sheriff who caught him. Rare Exports On Christmas Eve in Finland, Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after, children start disappearing, leading a boy and his father to capture Santa and, with the help of fellow hunters, they look to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. And then there’s Santa’s elves, who are determined to free their leader. Santa Claws Another extremely low budget slasher romp. This movie follows an erotic-horror movie actress, who is being stalked by a deranged fan, hell bent on claiming her for himself. Elves A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil nazi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves, in an attempt to create a race of supermen. She and two of her friends are trapped in a department store with an elf, and only Dan Haggerty, as the renegade loose-cannon Santa Claus, can save them. Better Watch Out   On a quiet suburban street, at Christmas time, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion. A gritty home invasion thriller with a huge twist.   These are but a few festive frights that exist in the sub-genre of ‘Christmas Horror’, so if all of the Christmas caroling and pudding eating is getting a little overwhelming, stick on one of these movies at your family gathering, and watch merrily, as their Christmas cheer turns to Christmas fear. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
The holiday season is all about lounging about in your fluffy PJ’s, munching on festive treats and indulging in hours of Yuletide programming. There is nothing quite like the warm fuzzies you get when watching the Christmas special of your favourite TV show. So, with that in mind, we have put together a small selection of some of the greatest Christmas TV specials, and themed episodes of the last few decades. Bob’s Burgers – God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mannequins When Bob’s Uncle Ernie dies,he leaves Bob a storage unit in his will. Ernie once owned a department store and when the Belcher family goes to find out what is inside the unit, they find Chet, (voiced by Zach Galifianakis). Chet used to work in Uncle Ernie’s department store and is convinced he is a shop mannequin. The family takes him in, only to discover that he has a talent for creating seasonal window displays out of mannequins, in which he also poses. As Christmas approaches, Chet becomes increasingly unstable. He tells the family of his lost love Nadine, (another store mannequin, this time a real one), and how he despairs of her loss. It is everything you would expect from a Bob’s Burgers Christmas special, and despite its weirdness, is full of festive, feel good cheer. Ally McBeal – Silver Bells Christmas was always an exciting time for Ally McBeal fans. Each year the series would focus at least two or three episodes around holiday themes, with lots of seasonal parties and plenty of Christmas songs being sung by the wonderful Vonda Shepard. In Silver Bells, a smart, intelligent threesome, go to court in a bid to win the right to have a three-way marriage legally recognised. Initially dubious of the whole thing, Ally soon begins to notice similar parallels between her clients love-life and her own. Also in this episode, there is plenty of Christmas cheer to be had as we watch Richard Fish, as he busies himself organising the office Christmas party. South Park – Hankey The Christmas Poo Christmas has come to South Park, but Kyle feels left out because he is Jewish, while virtually everyone else is Christian, and celebrating Christmas. He tries to convince everyone of the existence of a piece of poo named Hankey, who comes to everyone at Christmas time. No one believes him, and he is locked in a mental asylum, until Mr. Hankey eventually shows himself to everyone else! Elsewhere in the episode, the town is in an uproar trying to put together the most politically correct nativity play ever. Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Amends Every 90’s teenage girl was obsessed with Buffy. It was rare for the show to do a Christmas themed episode, so this was a real treat, even though things do not go smoothly for the Sunnydale residents. Tormented by ‘The First Evil’, who poses as all of Angels victims from when he was Angelus, (the evil version of Angel), he descends into madness. ‘The First Evil’ tries to convince him to kill Buffy, but instead he decides to kill himself. Ultimately, as it always does in Buffy, everything turns out OK in the end. The episode is full of Christmas themes, right down to an unexpected snowfall in the usually sunny, Californian town of Sunnydale. American Dad – The Most Adequate Christmas Ever the underrated little brother of Family Guy, American Dad is another Seth MacFarlane masterpiece. The show has quite a few Christmas episodes in their arsenal, but this one is one of the best. In this episode, we see Stan return from a mission for Christmas. The family has decked the halls with boughs of holly so to speak, but Stan is unhappy with the decorations. He wants it bigger and grander. In an attempt to find the biggest and best Christmas tree, Stan ventures into the woods and is killed by a falling tree. His soul lands in limbo, and he has to fight both heaven and hell to prove it is not his time, so he can get back to his family in time for Christmas. My So Called Life – So Called Angels My So Called Life had a tragically short run of just one series. It introduced the world to Jared Leto and Clare Danes, and followed the life of high-schooler Angela, as she traversed the tumultuous landscape of 90’s America as an angsty, forlorn teen. In this episode, Christmas has arrived in Three Rivers, and Angela’s good friend, Rickie has spent the night on the streets, after a fight with his abusive uncle. Angela tries to find him, and is helped by a mysterious, guitar playing, homeless girl. The episode was aired on December 22nd 1994, and still stands up today as an important commentary on the true meaning of Christmas. The Simpsons – Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire The Simpsons turn 30 in 2019, and there have been many, many, Christmas episodes over its impressive run. The most iconic of which is the very first episode of the very first season, that aired on December 18th 1989. Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire sees the family struggle through a rather frugal Yuletide. Mr. Burns cuts Christmas bonuses, Bart gets a tattoo that has to be removed, and Homer gets a second job as a shopping mall Santa. Full of cheer and typical Simpsons good humour, this episode really set the bar for a show that would go on to (so far) span three decades, with no signs of slowing down. Friends – The One With The Holiday Armadillo Friends has recently enjoyed quite the comeback thanks to its recent inclusion to the Netflix library. One of its greatest episodes is The One With The Holiday Armadillo. Ross, being Jewish, wants to introduce his son Ben to Hanukkah. Ben is obsessed by all things Christmas, and when he hears that Santa has nothing to do with Hanukkah, he wants nothing to do with the Jewish tradition. In an attempt to spark an interest in his son, Ross rents the only costume they had left at a costume store: an armadillo. Posing as ‘The Holiday Armadillo’, Ross tells Ben all about Hanukkah, and the Festival Of Light. Chandler also tries to help by arriving in a Santa suit. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Monica plot to convince Rachel to move back in with Phoebe, and out of Joey’s apartment, but their attempts fail. Family Guy – A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas This episode from the third season of the show focuses on the Griffins as they spend Christmas at the local mall. Peter accidentally gives away all the family’s Christmas presents to a needy children’s charity. Seemingly unfazed by this, Lois insists that they all go to the mall to buy new gifts. Back at home, Brian nearly burns the house down while watching the Christmas turkey, but luckily, escapes with only minor burns. However, the interior of the house is destroyed, and all of the decorations have been burned to a crisp . Lois so far maintains her calm through all of this, but when Meg informs her that they have no more paper towels left, she finally flips and goes on a rampage throughout the town of Quahog. Alan Partridge – Knowing Me Knowing Yule With Alan Partridge Knowing Me Knowing Yule was the Christmas special of the BBC comedy: Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partridge. Alan is a fictitious television show host, who has been given his own BBC chat show. Each episode follows him through various capers, and cringe-worthy bungles. In the Christmas special, Alan has been given one last chance with his show, and has been allowed to produce his own Christmas special. Things inevitably go hilariously wrong, and there are lots of festive laughs to be had, mostly at Alan’s expense. Futurama – Xmas Story Futurama, Matt Groening’s other show, follows the life of Fry, who falls into a cryo-tank in the year 2000, and wakes up in the year 3000. He is a delivery boy for Planet Express, a company owned by his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandnephew, Professor Farnsworth. In this episode, Fry learns that Christmas is a very different deal in the 31st century. Santa is no longer the jolly old man in the bright red suit, he is now a 7 foot tall robot, hell bent on slaying (sleighing?!) anyone who has made his naughty list. As it turns out, because of a malfunction, everyone is on Santa’s naughty list. The Planet Express team must find a way to defeat the evil robot Santa, and save Christmas, or rather Xmas, as it is now exclusively known.   These are just a few festive goodies to get you in the mood for Holiday season! All of these episodes are readily available to stream, and would make a great ‘Christmas Eve viewing marathon’ for the whole family. There are many other amazing Christmas specials out there too. These are just some of our favourites.       #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
When we think of comic book movie adaptations, our minds automatically turn to The Avengers, Batman, The X-Men, Superman etc. But there are tons of blockbuster movies out there that were based on comic books that just weren’t as generally well known as the big DC/Marvel heroes that we all know and love. Here, we take a look at some movies that you may not know are in fact based on a comic book! Wanted The film Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie, was actually a Mark Millar comic book series first. The book ran form 2003 – 2005 and the movie adaptation was made in 2008. The comic book was Mark Millar’s breakout original series, having previously penned for Marvel. There are a fair amount of differences between the comics and the movie. Namely, the comic book version being way more violent. The comics are also a lot more risqué, featuring characters like Johnny Two-Dicks, Shithead, and a cloned superhero with Down’s syndrome. The Road To Perdition This one usually comes as a big surprise to most. The movie adaptation was released in 2002 and stars Tom Hanks as the lead character. The original comic was released in 1998, and has spawned a number of spin offs since its original run. The movie was directed by Sam Mendes and was based on two of the editions from the comic book series. The Max Allan Collins’ comic book series was in turn based on the 1970 Japanese manga series, Lone Wolf And Cub. The movie is set in 1931, whereas the graphic novel version spans multiple generations, from the Great Depression to a post-Vietnam America. Cinematographer Conrad Hall won a posthumous Oscar for the graphically influenced cinematography of the movie. Barb Wire The Comic book Barb Wire ran from 1994-1998 and was adapted for screen in 1996 by David Hogan. The movie starred the buxom Baywatch beauty, Pamela Anderson, and was a resounding flop at the time. Bizarrely, both the comic and the film are loosely based on the old world Hollywood classic, Casablanca, although you would be forgiven if this slipped your notice. In it, Humphrey Bogart’s eponymous nightclub owner, Rick Blaine is replaced by the scantily clad Barb. It is set in a futuristic 2017, while a second American Civil war rages on. Shockingly (note: heavy sarcasm), despite all of this, the movie was still nominated for a Raazzie (a mock award given in recognition of the worst film of the year). It lost out to the movie Striptease. The Addams Family The Addams Family screen versions have become ensconced in our collective consciousness since the early 60’s television adaptation. However, it first began as a comic strip in another cultural institution: The New Yorker. Penned by Charles Addams, the strip ran from 1938-1988. There have been three movie adaptations of it, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, and the direct to video Addams Family Reunion. Despite the incredibly long run of the comic strip, it was always remarkably light on detail. In fact, the characters weren’t even given individual names until the creation of the TV series in 1964. A History Of Violence Another one that often surprises people, David Cronenberg’s 2005 crime classic is in fact based on a 1997 graphic novel of the same name. While both are truly brilliant, the movie does differ greatly from its original source material. In the book, we are given lengthy flashbacks exploring the protagonist’s history with the mob. In the movie however, the story is linear. Men In Black While not a lot of people know that Men In Black was a comic book first, most wont be surprised given its subject matter. The comic ran from 1990-1997. There has been three movie adaptations so far, Men In Black, Men In Black II, and Men In Black 3. The movie’s focus was the fight against aliens, but the comic book focuses on everything that can be deemed paranormal. Werewolves, zombies, vampires and even demons, none are safe from the Men In Black. The basic premise is still the same, however, the comic books often strikes a much darker note than any of the movies ever did. The Mask The much loved 1994 movie starring Jim Carrey as the titular charecter began its life as a comic book series. The comic ran from 1989-2000, and was published by Dark Horse publishing, an off-shoot of DC comics. While Carrey’s mad-cap comedy routines are beloved by many, the movie’s tone bears little resemblance to the source material. The Mask comic books were full of dark, dark humour, with none of the Carrey-esque, slap-stick comedy that is so prevalent in the film. The two share a basic origin story: a magical mask transforms Stanley Ipkiss into a powerful, cartoonish maniac. However, thematically, the comic’s vision is a much darker more violent one. Over The Hedge   Over The Hedge started as a newspaper comic strip in 1995, and is still being published today. The movie adaptation was released in 2006, and there are really very few differences between the two. They are even aesthetically very similar, considering the two completely different mediums both are created with. Some of the biting satire of the original strip is lost in translation from page to screen however, but most of the sharp commentary on modern consumerism remains. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
The chestnuts are roasting on open fires, Jack Frost is nipping at all of our noses, and the 12 days of Christmas are fast approaching. What better way to fill an hour or two each night, than with a Christmas movie, in the run up to the big day. Here, we present to you 12 Christmas movies, one to watch each night, right up until Christmas Eve. On December 13th, Watch: Elf Elf follows the story of Buddy the elf (Will Ferrell), or rather the human who thinks he is an elf. As a baby he was accidentally transported to the North pole and was raised by the elves, but once he is told that he is in fact a human, Buddy travels to America to find his real dad. One of the funniest Christmas movies ever, and super heartwarming too. On December 14th, Watch: Jingle All The Way What could be better than an Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas movie?? This is actually way better than you might imagine. Schwarzenegger plays the part of a workaholic dad, who can’t find any time to spend with his son. When he forgets to pick up the hottest toy of the season, a Turbo-Man action figure, he has to fight off other desperate parents, in a race to get the last doll in the city. On The 15th, Watch: Miracle On 34th Street While we do love the original 1947 version, the 1994 adaptation of this movie will always have a place in our hearts. When a department store Santa Claus claims to be the real Santa, he is met with scoffs and scorn. He sets about proving he is the real Santa in a court of law after he is threatened with institutionalisation. Meanwhile, he befriends a little girl who has lost the spirit of Christmas, but wants to help him. On The 16th, Watch: Home Alone No Christmas would be complete without watching Home Alone. When Kevin McAllister’s entire family accidentally leaves the state without him, Kevin thinks he is going to have the best Christmas ever, all by himself. However, danger lurks in the form of two cat burglars, determined to break into Kevin’s home. On The 17th, Watch: Home Alone 2 If you watched the first one the previous night, it is an absolute must for you to watch the second one the next night. This time, we see poor Kevin getting lost and abandoned in New York City. He has his father’s credit card, and books himself into a swanky hotel, and orders room service. He is having a whale of a time, until he accidentally bumps into the thieves from the first movie. Chaos ensues, and Kevin is forced to come up with even more inventive booby traps, just to escape the bad guys, in this hilarious and touching sequel. On The 18th, Watch: It’s A Wonderful Life It’s A Wonderful Life has become a staple of Christmas viewing over the years, and with good reason. James Stewart plays George Bailey, a troubled man on the cusp of ending his own life. We then see a group of angels discussing George’s life, and we see it whole life in a flashback. George attempts to jump, however his guardian angel is there too. George rescues the angel, and the angel shows him what life would have been like if he had never existed. On The 19th, Watch: White Christmas The movie that gave us one of everyone’s favourite Christmas songs, White Christmas follows singers Bob Wallace, (Bing Crosby), and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) as they join talents with two singing sisters, Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen). The four set off to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. They meet a WWII war veteran, now a country inn owner, whose business is struggling. The four decide to plan a yuletide fun-filled musical extravaganza to help with his business. On The 20th, Watch: Christmas In Connecticut While recovering from injuries, war veteran Jefferson Jones develops a love of a news paper column, The Diary Of A Housewife, written by Elizabeth Lane. The column depicts the life of a housewife, who lives on a farm with her husband, and her children. Jeff is totally charmed by the whole thing and his nurse decides to plan a surprise for him. She arranges for him to go and spend the Christmas holidays on the farm in Connecticut, where Elizabeth lives. However, all is not quite as it seems, as the totally non-domestic Elizabeth is in fact a singleton and the column is a work of fiction! On The 21st, Watch: The Santa Clause Eric is staying with his dad, Scott, for Christmas Eve. Scott investigates something on the roof of the house, and when he goes up there, he accidentally knocks Santa off the roof, killing him instantly. He and Eric are then magically transported to the North Pole, where he is going to have to take on the role of Santa Claus, and sign a ‘Santa clause’, by way of contract. During the year, many changes start happening to Scott, he gains weight, and overnight, sprouts a beard. He realises he has no option…he is the new Santa! On The 22nd, Watch: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation As Christmas approaches, Clark Griswold is desperate to have the perfect family Christmas. He goes to painstaking lengths to assure that everything is just so, perfect decorations, perfect tree, perfect family. However, a spanner is thrown in the works when Clark’s cousin, and his wild family, arrive unannounced and park their trailer on the front lawn! To add insult to injury, his boss has decided to renege on the holiday bonus he needs. On The 23rd, Watch: Mrs. Santa Claus This movie, starring the one and only Angela Landsbury, is a true Christmas gem. In the week before Christmas, Mrs. Claus (Angela Lansbury) is feeling a little unappreciated. Santa won’t look over the new delivery route she has spent time coming up with, and she is feeling pretty low. She decides to go for a test drive on the sleigh, but winds up in New York City due to a storm, injuring her reindeer. While she is incognito as “Mrs. North,” she befriends neighborhood inhabitants and helps them resolve some of their own issues, which run the gamut from worker abuse to unrequited love. On Christmas Eve, Watch: Santa Claus The Movie The absolute best Christmas movie ever, and definitely not to be watched before Christmas Eve! Santa Claus The Movie tells the story of a master toy-maker, named Claus, who discovers a magical kingdom full of elves in the North Pole. Claus becomes Santa Claus and spends many years with his elves and his wife in merry Christmas bliss. We come to the present day however, and Santa is beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of children and their bigger demands than years before. Ever the eager helper, Santa’s faithful elf Patch, decides to try to help and seeks the help of a toy factory owner in New York City. What Patch doesn’t know is that this owner is corrupt and evil and wants to destroy Christmas. Santa then has to go on an adventure with the help of his reindeer, and some other friends, to rescue Patch and save Christmas for every boy and girl across the globe.   So there’s our list, we’ve checked it once, we’ve checked it twice, we’ve picked out movies that are really only nice, for when Santa Claus is coming to your town!
These days, being called a geek is not the slur it once was. With the resurgence of retro games consoles, PC gaming, and the appropriation of geek culture by commercialism, ‘Geek’ is now a badge we can wear with honour. But what do you get for the nerd in your life? Here, we have a list of a few awesome and quirky presented xsd for you to give to your favourite dweeb this Christmas. Motherboard Chopping Board The perfect gift for the computer nerd, and the amateur chef in your life! Buy it here: Amazon Ctrl + Alt + Delete Hot And Cold Soup Set Perfect when you want to unwind and end tasks, or log off for a bit. Oh, and eat some soup too. Buy it here: Amazon Gameboy Watch It looks exactly like the original, and the alarm sound is the Super Mario Bros. theme. What more could you want! Buy it here: Amazon Second Breakfast Bowl Ideal for the extra hungry Tolkien fan in your life. Buy it here: Lenny Mud Floating Bluetooth Speaker These are really cool, and they look a bit like R2D2! Double geeky! Buy it here: Amazon Legend Of Zelda, Link’s Shield Backpack If you have to go out, and have a lot of stuff to carry… it’s dangerous to go alone…take this! Buy it here: Merchoid Star Trek Door Bell It makes sci-fi noises when ever anyone crosses the threshold of your room. It has motion sensors, and it lights up! Not getting this for the Trekkie in your life would be highly illogical, Captain. Buy it here: Amazon Stormtrooper Whiskey Decanter For the scruffy looking nerf herder and the booze hound in your life! Drink whiskey from a Stormtrooper’s head! What could be better? Buy it here: Temptation Gifts Magic The Gathering Spellslinger Starter Kit Ideal as a gift to play together, this set has everything you need to start you on your Magic path. Buy it here: Miniature Market Batman Egg Cup And Toast Cutter Serve breakfast with a side of vigilante justice, with this egg cup, and Batman symbol toast cutter. Buy it here: Amazon Floppy Disc Coasters No, kids, those aren’t 3D models of the save icon, those are floppy discs, the 90’s version of cloud storage. Well, those are coasters made to look like floppy discs, but, you get what we’re saying. Buy it here: Amazon Playstation Wallet How adorable! A wallet that is an exact mini replica of the original PlayStation 1 console! Perfect to put in your Link Shield backpack. Buy it here: Pink Cat Shop Star Wars Crochet Create your favourite Star Wars characters out of yarn! Look at these cuties… Just look at them!! Buy it here: The Book Depository Rick And Morty Cluedo Oh jeez, oh man! It’s everyone’s favourite mystery solving game, but with Rick and Morty, set in the multiverse. It even comes with custom sculpted Rick and Morty miniatures to use as game pieces. Wubba-Lubba-Dub-Duuub! Buy it here: Zavvi Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Pendant A miniature replica of the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 cassette tape from Guardians of the Galaxy, as a pendant. It even comes in a cassette tape box. Buy it here: Think Geek     There are just a few ideas to please all your nerdy loved ones this Geek-mas! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }